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Senser announce Age Of Panic single featuring The Algorithm remix as B-side and 20 year anniversary show

Thursday 9th October, 2014

Crossover legends SENSER are set to release a new digital single Age of Panic on the 19th October ahead of the band’s release of their classic remastered debut album, Stacked UP XX, on the 17th November.

Age of Panic features the live favourite grit-o-rama mix of the classic track as the A side, plus a warping remix by electro-mentalist The Algorithm as the B side. Expect classic Senser – metal, electronic, hip-hop, and everything in between.

To celebrate the release of Stacked UP XX, Senser will play a one-off celebratory show at Electrowerkz in London on the 31st October with rap metallers (hed) PE and The Algorithm. Tickets for the show are available now from Star Green.

Pre-order Age Of Panic now via iTunes.

Pre-order Stacked Up XX CD Box set and vinyl from Senser's website.

Progressive Metal rising stars VERSE VICA stream debut album ENDEAVOR

Thursday 9th October, 2014

Rising American prog metallers VERSE VICA are streaming their forthcoming debut album ENDEAVOR exclusively through ProgSphere. The genre-colliding multifarious album was released on the 6th October.

Head over to the ProgSphere website to listen to the album in its entirety.

Formed in North Carolina and fresh to the prog metal scene, Verse Vica are a band fast on the rise, citing influences such as Animals as Leaders, The Contortionist and Between the Buried and Me. Their stellar full-length debut effort, Endeavor is a 41 minute musical hybrid, journeying through the realms of prog, metal and post rock, effortlessly weaving from pounding aggression through fret board gymnastics to intelligent captivating melodies. With vocals mixed and the full record mastered by Jamie King (BTBAM, The Contortionist, Scale The Summit), the band plan to release an instrumental version of the album alongside the full version with vocals.


Endeavor tracklisting:

1: Airyth
2: Cities I: Cerulean
3: Verdugo
4: Ravenholm
5: Marumari
6: Djinn
7: Koholint
8: Cities II: Saffron

Progressive death metallers BLACK CROWN INITIATE debut their first ever music video for 'Withering Waves'

Tuesday 30th September, 2014

Fast-rising progressive death metallers BLACK CROWN INITIATE have debuted their first ever music video for the bone-crushing single 'Withering Waves' exclusively via Metal Hammer. The track is a sneak peek into the band's forthcoming debut LP The Wreckage of Stars, which will be released across UK/EU territories on October 27th via eOne Heavy.



Perhaps the strongest new album from the strongest new outfit you shall hear all year, The Wreckage of Stars is the next step in the whirlwind musical journey of the USA band in their short 2-year history.

Following on from the critically acclaimed underground success of the band’s debut four-track concept EP Song of the Crippled Bull, the band secured a coveted spot on the renowned Metal Alliance Tour alongside the legendary Goatwhore and Behemoth. Since then, Black Crown Initiate have gone on to tour with Septicflesh, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Rivers of Nihil, all the while honing their musical blueprint.

Highly recommended for any fans of progressive metal, The Wreckage of Stars is set to be the album to launch Black Crown Initiate towards stardom - a just reward for one of metal’s hardest working and fastest-rising bands.

The Wreckage of Stars track-listing:
1. Great Mistake
2. The Fractured One
3. Malignant
4. The Human Lie Manifest
5. Withering Waves
6. To The Eye That Leads You
7. The Wreckage of Stars
8. Shapes Collapse
9. Purge
10. Linear


Senser announce the release of Stacked UP XX – celebrating 20 years of their game-changing debut

Tuesday 30th September, 2014

Crossover legends SENSER changed the alternative music landscape forever in 1994 with the release of Stacked UP; an album of unprecedented cross pollination and pure inventiveness that resulted in a sound that influenced a generation.

Fusing metal, electronica, hip-hop and everything in between, Stacked Up sold over 200k records in 1994 alone, putting SENSER on the covers of magazines, earning a deluge of daytime radio and gaining the band tours with the likes of Rage Against The Machine and Henry Rollins, playing to millions worldwide. Many of today’s musical elite consider Stacked Up a major influence; 20 years on with a 21st Century re-master, it sounds as fresh as ever.

Stacked Up XX is due for release on the 17th November: a deluxe double CD box set with Senser collectibles, double vinyl album and digital editions will be available, containing a remastered version of the original record, remixes and unreleased tracks.

Vocalist Heitham Al Sayed reflects:

“When no one has told you it's not possible, you just assume it is possible. We just played whatever we wanted. The music we listened to was all fair game. It was a long time ago, before the segregation of the music clans was finally made official.

“After touring a lot of these songs in ratty little vans for a few years, a couple of very forward thinking fellows from a small record company in Camden saw that more people might want to listen to them, and gave us the money to record them well."


Senser recorded Stacked Up in 1993 in Bath. Upon completion, they knew they had created something special.

Heitham continues:

“After that everything accelerated around us as if rushing in to fill a void. Travelling the world to work is the best way to see it, especially when you're young. We know that for many people, this album took on an importance beyond our expectations. We were then and still are, humbled and grateful to all those people who took this music into their hearts and worlds.”

Although written two decades ago and in a technologically different time, Senser’s hard hitting lyrical content is as relevant today as it ever was.

Heitham explains:

“Some of the lyrics on Stacked Up are ambiguous but others are almost premonitory, and particularly Age of Panic and Eject. They were written at the dawn of the culture of surveillance and before the internet but they have some specific references that mirror the NSA spying project, anti terrorism laws, the financial crashes and the recent anti corporate activity. I suppose I just tapped into a feeling of where things were going."

To celebrate the release of Stacked up XX, Senser will play a one off celebratory show in London with a very special line-up. More details will be announced in due course.

Stacked UP XX will be released via Strike Back on the 17th November 2014.


Stacked UP XX track-listing:

Disc :
1 States Of Mind
2 The Key
3 Switch
4 Age Of Panic
5 What's Going On
6 One Touch One Bounce
7 Stubborn
8 Door Game
9 Peanut Head
10 Peace
11 Eject
12 No Comply
13 Worth

Disc 2:
1 Age Of Panic (Git-O-Rama Mix)
2 Twice As
3 Tin Can Hurricane
4 Fast Song
5 States Of Mind - Fusewire Remix
6 Age Of Panic (The Sick Man Remix)
7 Eject (Over Zealous Mix)
8 Switch (Depth Charge First Venom Mix)
9 The Key (Liquid Lunch Mix)
10 Door Game - (Phut Demo)
11 Age Of Panic (Eat Static Saturated Slug Mix)

Progressive death metal sensations BLACK CROWN INITIATE announce debut LP details and stream new song

Friday 26th September, 2014

Fast-rising progressive death metal sensations BLACK CROWN INITIATE are set to release their debut LP, The Wreckage of Stars, across UK/EU territories on October 27th via eOne Music / Good Fight Music.

As a teaser of what's to come, the band are now streaming a new song from the album.
Listen to 'Withering Waves' here:



Every once in a while there comes along an album either so brutal it blasts your face off, or so delicious it delights and tickles the ears. Even rarer is an album that manages to seamlessly combine the two, melding gorgeous musicianship with awe-inspiring power. Most bands might achieve this once or twice in their career; so for a band to achieve this on the debut is an impressive feat, and one which demands to be noticed.

The Wreckage of Stars, the first LP US prog metal stars Black Crown Initiate is such a debut. Perhaps the strongest new album from the strongest new outfit you shall hear all year, The Wreckage of Stars is the next step in the whirlwind musical journey of the Pennsylvanian band in their short 2-year history.

Following on from the critically acclaimed underground success of the band’s debut four-track concept EP Song of the Crippled Bull, the band secured a coveted spot on the renowned Metal Alliance Tour alongside the legendary Goatwhore and Behemoth. Since then, Black Crown Initiate have gone on to tour with Septicflesh, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Rivers of Nihil, all the while honing their musical blueprint.

The Wreckage of Stars is at times devastatingly heavy, combining thunderous percussion with nightmarishly fast and fierce guitarwork and black-metal inspired vocals. Look further and you’ll hear moments of brilliance and beauty, from the stunning bass solo on the album’s opener ('Great Mistake') to the Opeth-reminiscent opening and clean vocals of Malignant.

Highly recommended for any fans of progressive metal, The Wreckage of Stars is set to be the album to launch Black Crown Initiate towards stardom - a just reward for one of metal’s hardest working and fastest-rising bands.

Check out the tracklisting for The Wreckage of Stars below:

1. Great Mistake
2. The Fractured One
3. Malignant
4. The Human Lie Manifest
5. Withering Waves
6. To The Eye That Leads You
7. The Wreckage of Stars
8. Shapes Collapse
9. Purge
10. Linear


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